Climate Fund Managers partners with SWS to support development of solar powered desalination plants in Kenya
Climate Fund Managers (CFM) has agreed to co-finance and co-develop a portfolio of solar-powered desalination installations in Kenya, turning brackish groundwater into drinking water.
LyondellBasell, one of the largest plastics, chemicals and refining companies in the world, and Sasol, a global integrated chemicals and energy company, announced the closing of their Louisiana-based Integrated Polyethylene JV transaction.
The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in South Africa and the Water Research Commission (WRC) awarded grants to the value of R3 million to seven innovators, to build and improve water innovations in the country.
[Nigeria] Department of Petroleum Resources sensitizes petrol stations on environmental safety rules
Mrs Roseline Wilkie, the Zonal Controller of Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) in Imo, has advised Petrol station managers to observe environmental safety rules in their premises.
The African Development Bank approved $5 million investment in the SPARK+ Africa Fund to deliver clean cooking solutions to over two million households across Africa.
AFD, CIRAD partner to develop sustainable management management tools for zoonotic diseases in Zimbabwe
The French Development Agency (AFD) and the French Agricultural Research Centre for International Development (CIRAD) signed an agreement to develop the Zimbabwean agricultural sector’s capacity in biotechnology.
In a move that will help tackle one of the biggest and most solvable contributors to the climate crisis, major players in the oil and gas industry have agreed to report methane emissions with a new, much higher level of transparency.
USAID’s Pay As You Go Liquid Petroleum Gas Program awarded a grant to Bboxx to test and scale up LPG technology in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
In the International Energy Outlook 2020 (IEO2020), the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) projects electricity generation in Africa using two cases with different assumptions about how future electricity needs are fulfilled.
The Government of Ghana and Switzerland signed a bilateral agreement which brings the cooperative approaches of the Paris Agreement to life, setting the framework conditions for the cooperation.
The Kenya Bankers Association (KBA) and the Kenya Climate Innovation Centre (KCIC) signed a Memorandum of Understanding aimed at advancing the green finance agenda in Kenya.
Total has joined the second phase of the Oil & Gas Methane Partnership (OGMP 2.0) of the United Nations Environment Program.
The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) and the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC) signed a cooperation agreement in order to join efforts aimed at increasing the adoption and deployment of wind and renewable energy worldwide.
Through the enhancement of forest conservation projects in Africa, Eni has achieved the first carbon credits generation for offsetting GHG emissions equivalent to 1.5 million tonnes of CO2.
Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa has embarked on a pioneering solar energy project for its Silverton Assembly Plant in Pretoria, as part of its vision to develop an integrated renewable energy solution.
Camco Clean Energy (Camco) has been approved as an accredited entity by the Green Climate Fund (GCF).
Kangnas Wind Farm achieved its Commercial Operations Date, making it the first bid window four wind farm, in the Northern Cape, to come on stream as part of government’s Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme.
The Green Climate Fund (GCF) Board has given a major boost to climate finance for developing countries with the approval of over $1 billion of funding for low-emission, climate-resilient development.
French development agency, Agence Française de Développement (AFD), signed a €300 million loan to UN’s International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) to help small-scale farmers in high-risk countries.
Sasol has secured more than 100 000 carbon offset credits from Bethlehem Hydro, a South African independent power producer, in fulfilment of its obligations under the new South African carbon tax regulations.
The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), the European Union (EU) and the Green Climate Fund (GCF) are boosting green finance on the Egyptian economy and the development of value chains for the private sector.
Climate Fund Managers and Eos Capital announced a partnership between Climate Investor Two, Kelp Blue and the Namibia Infrastructure Development and Investment Fund for the commercial development of world’s first large-scale kelp farm.
Aerial vehicle Artificial Intelligence startup ATLAN Space has raised $1m Series A funding from Maroc Numeric Fund II with participation from Hilmi Law Firm and Cadex Group, for business expansion.
Rovensa has agreed to acquire Oro Agri, provider of environmentally friendly biocontrol solutions with international reach, from the Omnia Group, South Africa.
In an effort to realise its ambition towards meeting the Paris Agreement goals, Sasol is placing a request to the market to collaborate with experienced carbon offset project developers.
With the commissioning of its final wind turbine at 140 MW Nxuba Wind Farm in the Eastern Cape, Enel Green Power (EGP) has commenced with the generation and delivery of energy.
Finland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden and Denmark have decided to strengthen the Nordic Development Fund (NDF) with additional capital of €350 million.
Ten African Heads of State have issued a strong call to other world leaders to increase their funding to the IFAD or risk jeopardizing Sustainable Development Goal targets for eradicating poverty and hunger, particularly in Africa.
TDI-Brooks International together with the French environmental firm Créocéan and Benthic Solutions, has completed an Environmental Baseline Studies for TOTAL E&P Côte d’Ivoire, Ivory Coast.
Airtel Networks Zambia has partnered with Ericsson on a ‘Product Take-Back’ program to minimize the potential environmental impact associated with the disposal of decommissioned electrical equipment.
A joint venture between Saipem and McDermott selected Siemens Energy to supply emissions-reducing power generation equipment and boil-off gas compressors for the Mozambique LNG Project.
Polarcus, geophysical service provider of safe and environmentally responsible marine acquisition services announced a letter of award has been received for 3D seismic data acquisition services in West Africa.
Energy producer Kenya Electricity Generating Company (KenGen) is set to earn about $1.1 million in the next seven years from the Olkaria II Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) Project.
The EEP Africa Innovation Window Investment Committee approved funding for projects submitted under the 2020 call for proposals on Clean Energy Powering Green Growth.
During the launch of the Global Agriculture and Food Security Program Replenishment Period 2020-25, donors increased their contributions to achieve sustainable Development Goal 2 - a world with zero hunger.
Lekela, renewable power-generation company that delivers utility-scale projects across Africa, anounced its South Africa's Perdekraal East windfarm began commercial operations.
The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) Sudan received a contribution of $1.7 million from the Government of Japan to support vulnerable people whose livelihoods and food security are most at risk because of desert locust swarms.
United Nations FAO and CropLife International renewed and strengthened their commitment to work together and find new ways to transform agri-food systems and promote rural development through on the ground investment and innovation.
The UK Government has provided a new package to help control millions of locusts attacking crops across East Africa, Yemen and South West Asia by spraying, monitoring and surveillance.
The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and the European Union (EU) are supporting green investments by the private sector to strengthen Morocco’s economic recovery.
New analysis shows onshore wind potential across Africa enough to power the entire continent many times over
Developing Africa’s huge onshore wind energy potential can boost its transition to affordable and reliable clean energy. For the first time ever, wind and solar made up the majority of the world’s new power generation in 2019.
World Bank supports improvement of air quality, fight against climate change in Greater Cairo, Egypt
The World Bank approved a $200 million project to support Egypt’s initiatives to reduce air and climate pollution from critical sectors and to increase resilience to air pollution in Greater Cairo.
Coffee farmer, Francois Dadi Serikpa, from Gnamagnoa in Côte d’Ivoire, joined Nestlé’s Nescafé Plan 10 years ago. The coffee farms that had been in his family for generations were producing poor yields, making it hard for him to earn a good living.
The U.S. Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) awarded a grant for a feasibility study to help Lekela Energie Stockage deploy utility-scale battery storage technology in support of its Taiba N’Diaye wind farm, the largest of its kind in Senegal and West Africa.
The South African Photovoltaic Industry Association (SAPVIA) and the South African Wind Energy Association (SAWEA) have come together to launch an innovative programme to drive change and enhance local skills base.
The International Fund for Agricultural Development of the United Nations (IFAD) announced a $59.9 million investment to fund a six-year extension of the successful Commodity Value Chain Development Support Project (PADFA).
Sasol has become the first raw material supplier to the South African plastics industry to become a signatory of Operation Clean Sweep (OCS).
160,000 poor rural households in Lesotho will benefit from new financing for a project that will boost food security and nutrition, mitigate the impact of climate change and strengthen livelihoods for greater income.
Four billion people around the world still lack access to clean, efficient, convenient, safe, reliable, and affordable cooking energy, a new World Bank report finds.
The OPEC Fund for International Development (the OPEC Fund) approved $100 million in new funding to support development operations in Burundi, Nicaragua and Ghana.
Global agri-food trade has more than doubled since 1995, amounting to $1.5 trillion in 2018, with emerging and developing countries' exports on the rise and accounting for over one-third of the world's total, FAO reports.
CDC Group, UK’s development finance institution and impact investor, announced a joint commitment of $90 million in partnership with leading investors, to Greenlight Planet.
Islamic Development Bank approves $320.6m for development projects in Sierra Leone, Burkina Faso, Yemen and Indonesia
The Islamic Development Bank approved $320.56 million in financing to new development projects in water and sanitation, health, roads and women empowerment in Sierra Leone, Burkina Faso, Yemen and Indonesia.
The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP)welcom ed 5,000 metric tons of rice and $300,000 in cash from the Republic of Korea to provide much-needed relief assistance to 781,000 people including refugees and Ugandans threatened by locusts.
[Column] NJ Ayuk: Mozambique LNG project could be transformational for Mozambique if western environmentalists don’t interfere
When Anadarko Petroleum Corp. confirmed last year it would be constructing a $20 billion liquified natural gas (LNG) plant in Mozambique, this was major news.
FAO launches Green Cities Initiative to help transform agri-food systems, end hunger and improve nutrition
FAO unveiled its new Green Cities Initiative and Action Plan to help transform agri-food systems, end hunger and improve nutrition in and around the cities in a post COVID-19 era.
The African Development Bank approved a grant of $2.1 million to boost the country’s resilience against climate related shocks and food insecurity.
The Global Center on Adaptation (GCA) Africa announced the launch of its regional office in Côte d’Ivoire. Hosted by the African Development Bank at its headquarters in the Ivorian capital Abidjan, GCA Africa will work with partners across the continent.
The World Bank released the Next Generation Africa Climate Business Plan (NG-ACBP), which sets out a blueprint to help Sub-Saharan African economies achieve low carbon and climate-resilient outcomes.
The World Bank approved a $80 million grant from the International Development Association (IDA) to support the government of Ethiopia boost agricultural productivity and enhance market access for smallholder farmers.
Twelve communities in the Luangwa Valley are benefitting from direct cash payments of K50 million ($2.3 million) thanks to a partnership with forest conservation business BCP.
Natural gas projects in Africa are Key to global energy transition, reducing emissions and powering industrialisation
Natural gas is an integral part of the global energy story accounting for 25% of the global energy that is consumed. With a total proven natural gas resource estimated to be about 600 trillion CFT, the opportunities for natural gas in Africa are enormous.
Orange announced the successful launch of its inaugural Sustainability Bond for a total amount of €500 million to finance projects that fully reflect the Group’s ambitions in both the green and social fields.
Continental Reinsurance leverages Agritask's risk management platform to enhance agricultural reinsurance across Africa
Continental Reinsurance, the largest private pan-African reinsurer, has selected the Agritask risk management platform to enhance its agricultural reinsurance operations.
The eco.business Fund has received a commitment of $10 million from Dutch development financier, FMO for its recently launched sub-Saharan Africa sub-fund.
[South Africa] Sasol invites interested parties to partner for development of CO2 utilisation technologies
Sasol is inviting interested parties to participate in a Request for Information (RFI) process regarding the development and demonstration of CO2 utilisation technologies to progress its climate change ambitions.
In Niger, the agricultural sector employs 8 out of 10 people; It is estimated that if the gender gap was closed in agricultural productivity, it would unlock financial gains that could lift over 25,000 Nigeriens out of poverty.
IFC announced a financing package to help Engee Manufacturing, a leading Nigeria manufacturer of PET resin to build a Continuous Polymerisation PET Resin plant in Ogun state.
IFC announced a loan to FirstRand Bank to enable increased financial and advisory support to energy-efficient and water-smart projects in South Africa, helping the country meet climate emission and other environmental targets.
PraxisIFM has been supporting relief efforts in Mauritius following bulk carrier MV Wakashio oil spill, which the Government of Mauritius has declared an environmental emergency.
Abdul Said Konde is a youth resident in Tudor informal settlement in Mombasa County. Like thousands of other young people across the country, he is not formally employed and the Covid-19 pandemic has made it even harder to access manual jobs.
The American Chemistry Council has lobbied the US government during the COVID-19 pandemic to use a US-Kenya trade deal to expand the plastics industry’s footprint across Africa.
The Green Climate Fund (GCF) has approved a project worth $54.5 million to address the alarming deforestation and forest degradation challenges in the Northern Savannah Zone of Ghana.
Polarcus announced the award of an XArray 3D marine seismic acquisition project in West Africa commencing in October 2020 with a duration of approximately 2 months.
The Green Climate Fund (GCF) has approved $25.6 million in new funding for an innovative climate resilience project in Sudan, designed to promote agriculture, health, and food and water security.
The Green Climate Fund approved several new projects, including one for Côte d'Ivoire that marks the first time the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has helped an African country obtain grant from the international entity.
Sasol has selected seven small, medium and micro enterprises (SMMEs) from in and around Sasolburg in the Free State to take part in its newly launched 24-month Sasol Business Accelerator (SBA) programme.
The African Development Bank (AfDB) announced a 24-month debarment of Sangtech International Services, Sangar & Associates (Nigeria), Mashad Integrated and Investment Co. and Medniza Global Merchants.
The Eastern and Southern African Trade and Development Bank (TDB) and Agence Française de Développement (AFD) signed a $150 million credit line agreement aimed at financing climate infrastructure projects in Africa.
The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and The Ocean Agency, in collaboration with creativity partner Adobe, have launched Ocean League, a new campaign that showcases the power of creativity in driving positive change for ocean protection and climate action.
Agence Française de Développement and AfreximBank sign a €150 million climate financing agreement for Africa
Agence Française de Développement (AFD) and the African Export-Import Bank, AfreximBank, have announced a new facility agreement for a €150 Million financing programme.
The Green Cluster of SMEs in Côte d'Ivoire has awarded the African Development Bank a prize for the best technical and financial partner committed to promoting the green economy.
Nigerian integrated oilfield services provider, RusselSmith has teamed up with Kongsberg Ferrotech, a Norwegian subsea robotics company to introduce a range of autonomous subsea robotic technologies to the Nigerian market.
Siemens Energy has signed a long-term preventive maintenance contract with the Egyptian Ethylene and Derivatives Company (ETHYDCO), for its industrial complex in Alexandria, Egypt.
With a strong push for solar energy from the World Bank and the International Finance Corporation, life for thousands of Ghanaians is beginning to change.
Long lasting environmental degradation, scarcity of water and grasslands are causing friction between host and refugee communities in the Dolo Ado woreda of the Somali region in Ethiopia.
Bayer donates Decis ULV insecticide to support Kenya, Uganda fight against desert locust devastation
Farmers in Kenya and Uganda currently fighting a devastating locust invasion and looming food security crisis are receiving a donation of 170,000 liters of Decis ULV insecticide from Bayer.
Ministers responsible for agriculture, environment and natural resources have adopted the COMESA COVID-19 Food Security Response Plan to help the region deal with the impacts of Covid-19 on regional food security.
On 25 July 2020, a bulk carrier vessel, MW Wakashio, ran aground on the reef of Point d’Esny, off the coast of Mauritius, approximately 40 kilometres southeast of the country’s capital, Port Louis, carrying nearly 4,200 metric tons (MT) of fuel.
Republic Bank (Ghana) Limited, a subsidiary of Republic Financial Holdings Limited has advocated for issuance of a Green Bond in Ghana to raise long term financing for Green Building construction by developers.
A new European Union-funded ‘Livestock Production Systems in Zimbabwe’ (LIPS-Zim) project is working to increase agricultural productivity in the country’s agro-ecological Zones.
Led by scientists at the National Oceanography Centre (NOC), new study reveals the importance of the Monsoon in how abundant small pelagic fish are in East Africa.
Climate financing by seven of the world’s largest multilateral development banks (MDBs) totaled $61.6 billion in 2019, of which $41.5 billion (67%) was in low- and middle-income economies.
In line with its plan to reduce its emissions of CO2, Sasol has signed an exclusive negotiation agreement for Air Liquide to acquire the biggest oxygen production site in the world located in Secunda in South Africa.
WFP urgently seeks international support to prevent millions of Zimbabweans plunging deeper into hunger
With COVID-19 aggravating an already severe hunger crisis in Zimbabwe, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) appealed for an additional $250 million to support a rapidly expanding emergency operation for millions at risk.
The Bank of Mauritius has become a member of the Network of Central Banks and Supervisors for Greening the Financial System (NGFS), with request for membership being unanimously approved by all NGFS members.
Belgium has contributed to an anticipatory action project aimed at enhancing the food security and nutrition of populations affected by COVID-19 in Zimbabwe.
The Kenya Association of Manufacturers (KAM) has appointed Mucai Kunyiha as the new National Chairman to lead the organization for a two-year term.
FAO launches Hand-in-Hand geospatial data platform to build stronger food and agriculture sectors post COVID-19
FAO launched the Hand-in-Hand geospatial platform with a large and rich set of data on food, agriculture, socioeconomics, and natural resources to help strengthen evidence-based decision-making in the food and agriculture sectors.
Komaza raises $28 million Series B to capture Africa’s $30 billion wood deficit and restore degraded lands
Komaza, a company that is revolutionizing the wood industry in Africa through its innovative smallholder platform, has secured a first close of $28m of the company’s planned $33m Series B equity financing.